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11. Posted by xhayleyx (Budding Member 13 posts) 6y

yea, oh ok thanks maybe i should start my trip around june next year then? how long would you recomend spending in Forks and around that particular area?

12. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 6y

You could do the town of Forks in a few hours. The center of activity seems to be the one large supermarket. That general area is very interesting by the way, so I would spend at least 2 or 3 days there. For instance, much of the land on the Olympic Peninsula is either part of the Olympic National Park or part of one of the American Indian nations. I found this at the National Park Service website:

The 922,651-acre Olympic National Park (ONP), established by the United States Congress in 1938, includes glacier-capped mountains, temperate rainforests, thousands of miles of rivers and streams, and many miles of Pacific coastline. The Park contains natural and cultural resources that are a vital part of the heritage of the eight treaty Indian tribes of the Olympic Peninsula: the Hoh Tribe, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Makah Indian Tribe, Quileute Tribe, Quinault Indian Nation, Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe and Skokomish Tribe.

The only public transportation in that area seems to be a bus that runs a single line service along Highway 101 from Port Angeles, and Forks is on that route. I advise renting a car if you want to see the area well.

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Apr-2010, at 22:36 by Daawgon ]

13. Posted by jambo101 (Respected Member 414 posts) 6y

Jan,Feb.March Its winter in most parts of America and even though you maybe able to handle the cold most everything dedicated to tourism is closed.
I also feel like Daawgon's post 2,America is going through some strange times and if i had anywhere in the world to travel America wouldnt be on my short list.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Apr-2010, at 04:23 by jambo101 ]

14. Posted by xxknite (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

I live in NY and I don't think it's as bad as people say. Considering the currency exchange rate at the moment. But it is NY so it's not going to be cheap. But you don't have to eat fast food all the time just to save a couple of dollars. If you move away from the main tourist areas the prices are better and the people are nicer. I will admit, we have little patients for tourist but that's just those they like to stand in the middle of the sidewalk during rush hour taking pictures. May-June and Sept - November are nice weather. It tends to rain a lot more in April and it can still snow in March. Hope you have fun.:)

15. Posted by T_diddy37 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

Im also planning to start my RTW trip in USA next Jan.. im not put off by money and trouble issues as they seem to be personal issues mostly.... but the weather at this time of year is my biggest worry... backpacking will be hard already without having to have all those extra winter clothes... especially as after usa im off to the Pacific and then Aus and Asia... ill have to get rid of all that extra baggage somehow when i leave hmmmmm.

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17. Posted by BlueCuzco (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

In my experience as a resident restuarant prices are about the same, service is better, prices in general are better, and travelling is just as great as before.

18. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 198 posts) 6y

I am kind of shocked to read some of these posts. America is still in a recession, this is not exactly news. But it's not the total Armageddon some here try to make it out to be. In fact the down economy can work in your favor as it did ours last summer. Due to the drop in tourism we had a great trip to the Grand Canyon, finding a perfect cabin even though we booked late and always getting a table for dinner in the height of tourist season.

If you ask me you'll have a great time.

19. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 6y

Thanks, Dave, for being the voice of reason in the valley of gloom.

I just returned from spending a week on the San Francisco to Santa Fe to Tulsa to Indianapolis route and thoroughly enjoyed myself--especially in Sedona, Flagstaff, Santa Fe, and Bloomington, Indiana (where my son was a college graduate on Saturday).

Yes, things are a bit depressed economically--but it's not all doom out there. I found people enjoying themselves in Barstow, and Tulsa, as well as the spots already mentioned--and waited 50 minutes on a Thursday night to get a table at a good restaurant in the midwest. (Note: This was especially surprising considering that Wednesday was Cinco de Mayo--and the weekend nights of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday was when I expected things to be busy.)

Life goes on--and I notice that in the resort towns and college towns people didn't seem to realize that there was supposed to be a recession going on. Everybody seemed to be outside in the restaurants and shops everywhere we went. (Things were quite a bit slower in California than in the other states, though.)

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